A growing number of Indigenous communities in Central and South America are harnessing the power of high-resolution satellite imagery, sophisticated drone equipment, and the latest smart-phone technology to precisely document and act on threats to their lands such as fires, gold-mining, logging, and deforestation for agriculture.
But it’s not without its risks: community forest monitors have had their lives threatened.
Rainforest Alert explores the groundbreaking research linking community-based monitoring and forest protection from the Eden de la Frontera community in the Peruvian Amazon.
Early results show a “measurable reduction of deforestation”, reinforcing the growing body of evidence that indigenous peoples and local communities are the best guardians of the forest. Download the study here.
Project run by Rainforest Foundation US, The Indigenous Organization of the Eastern Peruvian Amazon (ORPIO-AIDESEP) and World Resources Institute.
Photos by Laurence Ellis.